Red meat and Endometriosis
According to Pizzorno & Murray (2012), a vegetarian diet may be the best diet for safeguarding against the development of endometriosis. Vegetarian diets are lower in fat content and higher in fiber which are essential to decreasing blood plasma levels of unconjugated estrogens (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012).
So, eat less meat and incorporate more non-animal protein.
Large amounts of animal protein are higher in fat which can be problematic for anyone with hormonal imbalance. Red meat especially contains copious amounts of arachidonic acid which in turn promotes the production of inflammatory prostaglandins. This inflammation caused by prostaglandins causes the pain associated with endometriosis. Pizzorno & Murray (2012) suggest incorporating vegetable protein into the diet in order to promote the production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins that inhibit neoplasms and endometrial growth.
I know this seems like a lot but it is actually simple to add more vegetarian meals to the diet. A good way to do this is to first take a deep breath. Secondly, make it fun. Choose a day or two to eat meat free or a meal or two to start. You can easily create a “meaty’ texture by using mushrooms walnuts, lentils, textured vegetable protein, tofu or seitan. Simply choose your favorite recipe and switch the meat for a non-meat alternative.
Here’s a fun recipe from Oh She Glows. It’s a super easy and super nutritious vegan taco!
Here’s another really good recipe for vegan beef stroganoff! It’s made with mushrooms.
For further reading . . .
Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (2012). Textbook of natural medicine. Paradise Valley: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.